When this blog began, one year ago today, it was meant to promote and share activities at Blue Stone Folk School in Noblesville, IN. I founded the Folk School almost 4 years ago to promote and teach Indiana traditional arts. Promotion of the folk School is still an important role for this space, but the role of the blog has become much broader.
The change came with the introduction of 50 Little Birds for Blue Stone Folk School. When I founded the Folk School I stopped producing a focused body of work to work on folk School administration. The Folk School was (and still is) in need of funding. When the project began we needed a computer (It was soon donated -Thanks Jon and Nicole!). When we were gentle forced to move to our new space our need for funding shifted to construction of studios and gallery.
50 Little birds for Blue Stone Folk School experienced (and still experiences) a great deal of success. Through the project we began an Etsy store, began working with the INDIEana Handmade and the Bloomington Handmade Market. More great things are on the horizon.
Around the first of the year I produced the 50th bird. We still have some of the first 50 available. The proceeds from the sale of these first 50 birds continues to support Folk School efforts. I’m still carving little birds (numbers are in the 80s) and their popularity continues to grow. Ten percent of the proceeds from these birds go towards the Folk School. My intent was to support the Folk School while developing a strong customer/collector base. The effort has been successful much of the space on this blog is dedicated to continuing the momentum of the 50 Little Birds project.
One of the regular collectors of 50 Little Birds, Gail Ginther warned me that we should stop giving away birds for promotions (I’ve donated 6, all to good causes, but she’s right). So today I am donating a flattie to celebrate our first birthday and 150th post!
I’ve developed the habit of posting nearly daily and we receive over 1,100 views a
month! We have something to celebrate!
Thanks to those of you who read, who share, who question, who buy and who visit!
The rules are much the same as they were for our 100th post celebration (Which Gailwon!). Post a menaingful comment below. When the thread has died for 24 hours the flattie will be awarded to the last poster. Last time we had a great discussion. Let’s do it again.